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Rapper French Montana was recently hospitalized with intense nausea, abdominal pain and an elevated heart rate - common warning signs of a heart attack. It is estimated that a heart attack occurs in the U.S. every 40 seconds.
Some patients report heart attacks without any signs or symptoms (S/S). But warning signs are most likely missed because the patient doesn't associate his symptoms with a heart attack.
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Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can save your life
A heart attack feels different for men and women.
Men may describe crushing pain or pressure in the chest area, left arm pain or tingling and shortness of breath.
Women may describe feeling slight discomfort in the chest, upper back pain, nausea and vomiting or jaw pain that feels like a toothache.
Warning Signs of Heart Attack in men
crushing chest pain or pressure in chest
back pain that radiates up to neck
jaw pain that feels like a toothache
pain in left arm or both arms or shoulders
nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
lightheadedness or dizziness
Warning Signs of Heart Attack in Women
slight to moderate discomfort in chest
upper back pain
neck and jaw pain
shortness of breath that comes on suddenly
lightheaded or dizziness
jaw, neck or back pain
burning or tingling in left arm or both arms or shoulders
nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain
Heart attack treatment works best when started immediately after symptoms are felt. Paramedics arrive with equipment and drugs ready to begin heart attack treatment. If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, it's safer to call 911 rather than attempt to drive yourself to the emergency room.
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More Info On the Web
What Does a Heart Attack Feel Like? | Healthline.com
Heart Attack | Nih.gov
Heart Attack Warning Signs | Heart.org
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This post, originally written on Feb. 24, 2016, is being bumped up because one of my loyal readers suffered a heart attack a few days after the New Year. She requested a Medical Minute post to warn her fellow Rose Garden members about the warning signs of a heart attack.
Please heed the warning signs. Black people are at greater risk for heart attacks due to the prevalence of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes in the black community.
It can happen to you.
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